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Thursday, August 18, 2022

 

On Heaven’s Doorstep Kick-Off Package

About the Book

Book: On Heaven’s Doorstep

Author: Andrea Jo Rodgers

Genre: Christian Inspirational

Release date: May 1, 2018

In Life or Death, There’s Only One Guarantee—God Will Be There

Medical emergencies are among life’s most unexpected and terrifying realities. But isn’t it reassuring in times of crisis that you can find hope and comfort in the hands of a loving God?

Encounter heart-stopping drama in these real-life stories of everyday people like you who found themselves on heaven’s doorstep—fully dependent on the skilled and courageous efforts of first responders and on the mercy of God.

As you read these firsthand accounts of perilous situations with uncertain outcomes, you will experience a full spectrum of emotions, from tender heartache to tremendous joy. Through it all, you will witness God’s amazing love and care for His children, both for those who are brought back from the edge and for those He welcomes into eternal fellowship with Him.

Be inspired as you go on call with veteran EMT Andrea Jo Rodgers and other brave professionals dedicated to helping when humanity is at its most frail.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Andrea Jo Rodgers holds a clinical doctorate in physical therapy and has worked as a physical therapist for over 25 years. She has served as a volunteer emergency medical technician on her town’s rescue squad for over 30 years and has responded to more than 9,000 first aid and fire calls. She lives on the east coast with her husband, two children, and two fur babies. At Heaven’s Edge, On Heaven’s Doorstep, and Help from Heaven include true inspirational stories based on her experiences as a volunteer EMT. Heaven-Sent Miracles and Rescues: True Stories from a First Responder will be released November 1, 2022. Her middle grade adventure novels, Saving Mount Rushmore and Saving the Statue of Liberty are fun yet educational books that teach faith, 

courage, patriotism, and friendship. Visit Andrea Jo at www.andreajorodgers.com.

 

More from Andrea Jo

Miracles Exist

Miracles exist. They surround us. Just open your heart and mind to the presence of God to observe them. How do I know miracles exist? I’ve witnessed them.

I’ve been a volunteer emergency medical technician on my local first aid squad for 35 years. I joined in high school, and I’ve been blessed to be answering calls ever since. During my time with the squad, I’ve answered over 9,000 first aid and fire calls. I’ve witnessed miracles and answered prayers. I’ve shared in some people’s faith-filled last minutes on earth. I relate some of these experiences in my books, At Heaven’s EdgeOn Heaven’s Doorstep, and Help from Heaven. My fourth book, Heaven-Sent Miracles and Rescues, will be released November 1, 2022.

I recently had the honor of being a guest on two episodes of “At Home with Jim and Joy” on EWTN. During the shows, I shared stories of faith and miraculous rescues that I’ve witnessed on emergency calls. If you’d like to hear about them, you can watch the episodes at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqylPNYpsbI (Part 1) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diedm4TelrM (Part 2).

Rescue personnel are with people and their families during times of unimaginable crises. I’ve seen firsthand how God’s handiwork puts people in the right place at the right time to create miracles. Sometimes, God miraculously rescues people. Other times, He leads them home to Him. As volunteer ETMs, we are blessed to help others in their time of need.

Sometimes, we take our health for granted. People don’t normally think about EMS until they need their services. First responders are in the unique position of being able to serve others when they need help. Being a volunteer EMT allows me to act out my faith by being a Good Samaritan.

Some question if miracles exist anymore. They do. Have faith and place your trust in God.

MY REVIEW

I think first responders and EMT’s have one of the most stressful jobs around. Every call is something different and they know they are going into a situation that could be chaotic. The stories shared in this book have  illustrations of faith, hope, miracles and survival. As I read some  of the stories I began to cry. Life is so short and in a blink of an eye you could be gone. 

There is no way to pick a favorite story from this book because each one is touching and life changing. The one with the two people in the creek was heartbreaking. In the midst of tragedy God sent someone to help. Officer McNair was one of the strongest swimmers on the dive team and happened to be on duty that night. His heroic efforts helped save lives even though there was one victim. God knew that McNair would be needed and had him placed on duty that particular night. 

I do appreciate the different stories that show how quickly an emergency can arise. We are blessed to have people willing to come at a moment’s notice no matter what time it may be. Their compassion for others shows as they skillfully do their examinations. I have had to call 911 twice for two different incidents. They were professional and helped me calm down and I was amazed at how knowledgeable they were in medical emergencies.

I am thankful for these people who come to us in crisis and can see God’s hand in each call they get. I’m sure that it is stressful at times but we are blessed to be able  to pick up a phone and call for help knowing someone is on their way. I do like how there is a prayer after every story and that they know God is with them in every call. It is a book of encouragement, sadness, miracles and brave men and women who answer the call when an emergency arises. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 18

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen, August 19 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 19

Inklings and notions, August 20

For Him and My Family, August 21

deb’s Book Review, August 22

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 23

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 24

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 25

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 26

An Author’s Take, August 27

A Reader’s Brain , August 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 29

Rebecca Tews, August 30

Spoken from the Heart, August 31 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, August 31

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Andrea is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon Gift card and a signed copy of On Heaven’s Doorstep!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/20e0d/on-heaven-s-doorstep-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tuesday, August 16, 2022


About the Book

Book: A Match to Call Ours

Author: Merrillee Whren

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Release date: January 21, 2020

Brittany Gorman needs a job, but nanny to six-year-old twin girls isn’t exactly what she’s looking for. Their single father, Parker Watson, isn’t sure hiring Brittany is the right move, but he’s desperate for help.

Soon Brittany is charming the twins and their father as well. But Parker still clings to the bitterness of his past, a past that has made him a recluse on his isolated Montana ranch, distanced him from God, and kept him from finding love.

Can Brittany’s prayers and two little matchmakers soften Parker’s heart and help him find love with his perfect Montana match?

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Merrillee Whren is an award-winning, USA Todaybestselling author who writes inspirational romance. She is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award for best inspirational romance manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America. She has also been the recipient of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty- plus years, and has two grown daughters. She has lived in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Chicago and Florida but now makes her home in the Arizona desert. She spends her free time playing tennis or walking while she does the plotting for her novels. Please visit her Website and signup for her newsletter and connect with her on Facebook.

 

More from Merrillee

One of my writing goals is to set at least one book in every state in which I have lived. So far I have written books set in Washington State, Texas, Florida, South Dakota, Georgia, Ohio, Montana, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. I still have to write books set in Illinois and Arizona to complete my goal. Just for fun I’ve gone astray and have written a couple of Christmas novellas set in Maryland, where my older daughter lives. I’m currently working on the third book in that series.

A Match to Call Ours is my Montana book. I lived there when I was a little girl. We lived near Billings from the time I was four until I was ten, when we moved to South Dakota. So as you can imagine my memories are vague, but I’ve visited Montana numerous times as an adult.

Brittany Gorman, the heroine of the book, is originally from Washington State, and if you read my Pinecrest series, you first meet her as a teenager in Second Chance Gift. I have three teenagers in that series, and I wanted to write their adult stories. Brittany’s story comes first, followed by Max’s story, then Amanda’s story in the Front Porch Promises series. The characters take the reader from Montana to Massachusetts, then Tennessee, where the series includes Amanda’s younger sister, Kelsey.

In A Match to Call Ours the hero’s twin daughters are based on my memories of my fourth grade friend Rose. She belonged to the Crow Tribe and had long dark braids just like the twins in the story. I remember the snowstorms and having fun in the snow, sledding, and making snowballs. I got to put those memories to use in the story.

Because I’m what they call an organic writer, I don’t plot my stories. I start writing and see how things unfold. I’m always thankful that somehow God brings everything together when I write a book.

MY REVIEW

I really liked this book a lot. I noticed that the faith element threaded throughout the book  and is an important part of the overall story. It is nice to read a story where God is at the  center and enhances the need to renew your relationship if you have strayed from Him. I loved how one character wanted her uncle to reconnect with God and she told him,”I’m still prying for you and the rest of the family, too. I’m going to keep saying it until you get right with God.” It is a beautiful reminder to never give up on praying for someone. 

I liked the way the author brought Brittany and Parker together.  Brittany is between jobs, has broken up with her boyfriend and needs a new start. Parker is in need of a nanny and perhaps Brittany could be just what he needs to help with his girls. I really related to Parker because I know what it is like to be judged. No matter how much you try to prove your innocence some  people have their minds made up. Can Brittany find happiness as a nanny? Will Parker find his way back to God?

Parker has isolated himself after the  rumors about him, but I wanted him to find  his way back to where he had friends and was accepted.  The twins were so sweet and really brightened up the room when they came in. I did think that keeping them on the ranch and not allowing them to go to church or even to the library was something that needed to change. We can get caught up in our little bubble and start to isolate ourselves as well. When we step out of our comfort zone, then we can start to trust again and allow God to heal our hearts.  

The story deals with bitterness and forgiveness. Those are two hard subjects for me. I had to choose to forgive in order to get free. If we continue in our bitterness we could miss the  blessings God has for us. Parker will come to a point in his life where he must decide to forgive those who had treated him badly. Will he open his heart and allow God to take the bitterness out? Can he and Brittany find happiness together? Be sure to grab a copy of the book and take a journey as two people learn about trust, forgiveness and redemption. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion? 

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 18

Inklings and notions, August 19

lakesidelivingsite, August 20

Vicky Sluiter, August 20

deb’s Book Review, August 21

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 22

For Him and My Family, August 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 26

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 27

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, August 28

Cats in the Cradle Blog, August 28

Pause for Tales, August 29

Spoken from the Heart, August 30

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Merrillee is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of Hometown Promises!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/20e0c/a-match-to-call-ours-celebration-tour-giveaway

Monday, August 15, 2022


About the Book

Book: Silencing the Siren

Author: Denise L. Barela

Narrator: Christa DelSorbo

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: May, 2022

Andrew Grayson thought he had everything… until he met her.

The indulged son of wealthy parents, Andrew has always gotten whatever he wanted almost before he knew he wanted it—clothes, gadgets… even a car! What more could a young man desire?

Enter Annabel Thompson. Freakshow mermaid extraordinaire… in a wheelchair!

Of course, her beauty attracts him. How could it not? Add to that a kind heart, and Andrew can’t help but fall for her.

Annabel’s connection with the freakshow repels his parents and their society friends. They want him to sever all ties with her and his new friends. Oh, and marry the “right” girl with the “right connections.” But he won’t do it. He’ll defy them and marry his little mermaid.

When Annabel turns up missing, declared dead, things don’t add up, Andrew begins asking some difficult questions, the most important being, “What happened to the little mermaid of the Coney Island freak show?”

Find out in this next book in the Ever After Mysteries, combining beloved fairy tales and mysteries. Silencing the Siren offers a retelling of “The Little Mermaid” that will keep you gripped to the edge of your seat as you watch the story unfold.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Denise L. Barela is a twenty-something-year-old writer with a passion for fiction, her faith, and just being creative in general. When she’s not working away at her desk, you might find her reading a good book or following Alice down the rabbit hole…



About the Narrator

Speaking Life into Story

Queen of the one-eyebrow quirk, Christa DelSorbo auditioned for the role of Tarzan’s mom and has the photos to prove she ended up as the only cast member in a literal cast. These days, they keep her stuck in a  box with a ball on a stick and only feed her when she reads another chapter of another fabulous book. She loves every minute. Or so they tell her. *eyebrow slowly raises *


More from the Christa


MY REVIEW

How do you enhance a book that is beautifully written? You invite the talented Christa DelSorbo to use her gift and make an audio version. I have listened to several audios that  she  has read and each one has been enjoyable. With this  story I was looking for more emotion and easily identifiable character voices. I received that with ease. Her voice has this tender side when needed and strong command when called for. I would encourage others to grab their own audio copy of this book and fall in love with the beautiful writing style of the  gifted author  as Christa brings the story to life. 


am in awe of the writing style of this author. Her debut novel will take readers 
to a place that most of us have heard about. The setting of Coney Island is inviting 
and I loved getting to go behind the scenes. I immediately noticed that the author had 
captured a character in grace, beauty and love. Annabel is filled with a sense of being 
different but still her heart hopes for that one special person. My heart went out
 to her as people gawked at her while she swam in the water as a mermaid. It was so easy 
to visualize her as she glided with grace. Her smile radiated throughout the place
 as she entertained the people.

It was sad to think that people were thought of as a freak show because 
they were different. Annabel is use to stares and whispers as she sits 
in her wheelchair. Can you imagine living a life where you are on display
 because others think of you as different? I noticed how the author was
 able to convey to readers that even though we may look different, 
God loves us unconditionally.

Andrew comes from a wealthy family who are very judgmental and 
only thought of how important they were because of their financial stability. 
Even though his parents were rather snobby, Andrew had a heart that 
saw beauty from the inside. The relationship between Annabel and 
Andrew is so well written that I could feel their attraction to each other.
 The author builds a beautiful connection between the two with tender
 moments spent getting to know each other.

I loved how the author incorporates a mystery in the story that illustrates
 jealousy to an extreme that danger comes to one character. I couldn’t read fast
 enough to see how the author would unravel a sinister plot to make
 Annabel disappear. Andrew’s parents are so determined that Andrew won’t
 disgrace the family that they will do anything to stop him from seeing Annabel.
 The story gets tense as Andrew tries to solve the mystery and the emotions
 he has spills across the pages.His pain is evident as he hears devastating news.
 The author is able to not only deliver a touching story of 
unconditional love, but shows how people can become irrational 
when their future is at stake.

The ending caught me by surprise and I cried as I read the final words. I must say
 that I am very impressed with this debut novel and know this is only the start
 of a long career for this author. Thank you for taking me back in time where
 status was important and expose the ugliness of pride and jealousy.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.



Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 15

Texas Book-aholic, August 16

Inklings and notions, August 17

For Him and My Family, August 18

deb’s Book Review, August 19 (Spotlight)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 21

Connie’s History Classroom, August 22

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 23

For The Love of Books, August 24

SodbusterLiving, August 25

Through the Fire Blogs, August 26 (Author Interview)

Vicarious Living, August 27

Books I’ve Read, August 28

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Christa is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a code for the audiobook!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/20a8b/silencing-the-siren-audiobook-celebration-tour-giveaway